car bomb

noun

Definition of car bomb

: an explosive device concealed in an automobile for use as a weapon of terrorism

Examples of car bomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Separately, Turkey’s defense ministry said Kurdish fighters allegedly detonated a car bomb in Tal Abyad on Tuesday, and that no one was hurt in the attack. BostonGlobe.com, "‘‘We know that terrorists are present within the limits of the safe zone we have designated with both sides,’’ Erdogan said. ‘‘They cannot deceive us by saying ‘we have taken the terrorists out of these places, we have cleared them of terrorists.’ ’’," 6 Nov. 2019 Separately, Turkey’s defense ministry said Kurdish fighters allegedly detonated a car bomb in Tal Abyad on Tuesday, and that no one was hurt in the attack. Washington Post, "Turkey says Kurdish fighters still remain near Syrian border," 5 Nov. 2019 Their plans were foiled by FBI agents, who infiltrated the group and bugged their communications, recording them making detailed plans to detonate car bombs. Dan Jones, Time, "What the Far Right Gets Wrong About the Crusades," 10 Oct. 2019 Court papers say Smith also suggested targeting a major news network with a car bomb. San Diego Union-Tribune, "US soldier arrested on charge of sharing bomb instructions," 23 Sep. 2019 Hours after the second explosion, the Taliban set off a car bomb outside an Afghan military base, killing four civilians. Fox News, "Trump scraps secret meetings with Afghan, Taliban leaders after deadly bombing," 8 Sep. 2019 Turkey was where Islamic State acquired food and other essentials, found medical treatment for injured fighters, and even got the fertilizer needed to make car bombs. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Turkey says it can fight Islamic State. Its record is spotty," 13 Oct. 2019 Smith also suggested targeting a major news network with a car bomb, though the news network was not identified in the complaint. CBS News, "A U.S. Army soldier allegedly shared bomb-making instructions and discussed killing Beto O'Rourke," 23 Sep. 2019 In that attack, a car bomb exploded outside the university gates, followed by a blistering, hours-long attack in which gunmen roamed through the compound shooting at students and teachers. Amir Shah, Fox News, "Explosion outside Kabul University kills 6, wounds 27," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of car bomb

1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of car bomb was in 1923

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28 Nov 2019

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“Car bomb.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/car%20bomb. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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car bomb

noun

English Language Learners Definition of car bomb

: a bomb that is hidden inside or underneath a vehicle

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